When 8-year-old Sam Halpern was 6, a bacterial infection changed his life forever. He was on life support — and ended up having his arm and his legs amputated, just to save his life.... [Read Full Story]
October 1st … Can you believe it?
World Vegetarian Day
National Homemade Cookies Day
National Hair Day
Thanks to the thoughtfulness and generosity of five-year-old named Carver, firefighters in the western states are being cheered up by a Baby Yoda doll while on the front lines.... [Read Full Story]
Veronica Jackson of LECO Corporation gives us details on the virtual 2020 edition of the Fit 4 Fall 5K run, benefiting Caring Circle, LOGAN Autism Learning Center of Southwest Michigan, and The Alzheimer’s Association. Sign up at fit4fall5k.com.... [Read Full Story]
Honor Credit Union is excited to announce the 11th Annual Teacher Awards. Each year, Honor likes to reward our local teachers for the time and effort put forth throughout the school year educating our communities’ youth.... [Read Full Story]
National Women’s Health and Fitness Day
National Chewing Gum Day
National Love People Day
In Northern California, a puppy and a kitten were rescued from the rubble caused by all the wildfires they’ve been dealing with.... [Read Full Story]
United Way of Southwest Michigan mobilizes “Rake A Difference” volunteers to help seniors with fall yard work... [Read Full Story]
Hawaii and California are the only two states in the country that grow coffee.
Brazil is the world’s largest coffee producer.
An ancient Turkish law allowed a woman to divorce her husband … if he failed to provide her with an adequate amount of coffee.
The lighter the roast, the more caffeine.
Coffee stays warm 20% longer when you add cream.
James Bond is returning to the big screen just in time for Thanksgiving — and fans of the series will be giving thanks for a November compilation that collects every theme song in its history.The Best of Bond…James Bond is set to drop on November 20th, five days before No Time to Die hits theaters. The two-CD set includes Billie Eilish‘s theme to the new flick as well as Adele’s Oscar-winning Skyfall theme and Sam Smith‘s Spectre tune “Writing’s on the Wall,” which also earned an Academy Award.The collection will also be available as a limited-edition set of three gold vinyl albums. (Music Universe)
Someone Lewis Capaldi loved is officially out of his life.The sad song specialist has reportedly split from girlfriend Catherine Halliday after seven months — which insiders blame on the U.K.’s strict COVID lockdown, which kept them apart for most of that time.One of his pals tells Britain’s Sun, “Lewis has no hard feelings towards Catherine and they’re still amicable, but they decided it was best to call it a day. He’s at the beginning of his career, with a lot of opportunity at his fingertips, so it’s not the right time to settle down. He wishes Catherine all the best and has fond memories of their dates together.”Lewis isn’t taking the split all that hard, it seems. Britain’s Sun magazine says he’s already swiping left and right on the high-end dating app Raya.
TheDodo.com says a German Shepherd mix, named Roadie, was recently found abandoned under a tree in Franklin, Indiana. She had a note attached to her that said her owner abandoned her because he lost his job due to the coronavirus. Local fire chief Jeremy Pell read about Roadie in the paper before adopting her. He now plans to train her as a search and rescue dog. Roadie has become the official mascot of the White River Township Fire Department.... [Read Full Story]Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel have welcomed their second child, his band mate Lance Bass confirms.While the couple hasn’t made an announcement, Lance tells Entertainment Tonight, “We have talked several times and we knew before anyone else did. It’s been a fun celebration and they’re very, very happy!”Lance says the talk in the ‘NSYNC group chat has been all about the newborn. “It’s all about baby! It’s all about the new one they just brought in. It’s all been conversations about a newborn.”The singer said the little one’s “cute,” but he wouldn’t reveal the name. “That’s a good question, but there’s no way. He would kill me!”
Football legend Joe Montana and his wife were busy this weekend as they battled a woman who broke into their home and tried to kidnap their young grandchild.TMZ reports that the intruder snatched the nine-year-old from a playpen. The football legend and his wife Jennifer confronted the woman, and tried asking the woman to give them back the child. Eventually, a “scuffle ensued” and Jennifer was able to pry the baby from the woman’s arms. The woman fled, but police officers who were nearby were able to grab the woman.On Sunday, Joe tweeted, “Thank you to everyone who has reached out. Scary situation, but thankful that everybody is doing well. We appreciate respect for our privacy at this time.”
Dax Shepard reveals that he recently fell off the wagon after 16 years of sobriety.On a new episode of his podcast Armchair Expert, the actor admitted he became addicted to painkillers and that for the last eight weeks he had been “on them all day,” after initially taking them for injuries.Dax, who’s married to Kristen Bell, said he first began to use painkillers after getting into a motorcycle accident in 2012. Eight years later, he got into another accident, and he began buying painkillers to self-medicate.This month, he said, he revealed his relapse to his wife and handed over his pills.Dax said he’s been drug-free since September 21st. The couple are often visitors to the Southwest Michigan area where they reportedly have a home.
Zack speaks with Chris from Cornerstone Alliance and Paula from Competitive Edge about the great things “CE” does in the community and worldwide, including procuring and offering PPE equipment and supplies!... [Read Full Story]TODAY IS:
Are you still listening?
National Drink Beer Day
National Family Day
National Good Neighbor Day... [Read Full Story]The Meaning of Mariah Carey, the R & B diva’s memoir, is coming out on Tuesday, and in a tweet promoting it on Sunday Carey divulged a little known chapter in her career.She tweeted: “Fun fact. I did an alternative album while I was making Daydream. Just for laughs, but it got me through some dark days.” She included a photo of two of the book’s pages in which she talks about the album, which was credited to a group called Chick.A rep for Carey tells Pitchfork that Mariah wrote, produced, or provided background vocals for the songs, directed one of their music videos and acted as art director for the package. While Daydream became the best-selling album of her long and hugely successful career, Chick’s Someone’s Ugly Daughter is the opposite. In fact, the album is now so rare that copies of it go for $900 on Amazon.In the book excerpt, she describes how at night after recording Daydream she would bring her “little alt-rock” songs to the band and “hum a silly guitar riff” which the band would turn into songs that were “irreverent, raw and urgent.”She goes on to explain that she fully committed to her character and was “playing with the style of the breezy-grunge, punk-light white singers who were popular at the time. You know, the ones who seemed to be so carefree with their feelings and their image.” She wanted, she says, “to break free, let loose and express my misery — but…also…to laugh.” She also gives a shout out to her friend Clarissa [Dane], who performs the lead vocals with her “as a hidden layer.”
Zack and Trainer Beau talk about Foam Rollers.... [Read Full Story]
Dude is a male five year old Pit Bull Terrier. This big handsome lug was found as a stray and never claimed. Dude loves people and gives slobbery kisses! He’s okay with other dogs as long as they don’t challenge him. Dude likes treats, enjoys car rides, and walks well on-leash. He doesn’t like closed doors, and always tries to open them! Dude is attending obedience training at Mutterly Love and has learned basic commands, plus he is house-trained. We have begun working through the process of having Dude’s veterinary care updated. Please contact Becky with Animal Aid at 269-926-4279 to learn more about Dude.... [Read Full Story]TODAY IS:National Lobster DayNational Cooking DayNational Comic Book DayNational One Hit Wonder Day
According to WalletHub’s latest ranking of the Happiest States in America – which measured a bunch of factors in categories like “emotional and physical well-being,” “work environment,” and “community and environment” – Hawaii is the happiest state in the country, which is probably no surprise. West Virginia was ranked the least happy state. Michigan didn’t make either list of the happiest or least happy states, in case you were wondering.
This is interesting … Researchers in the U.S. and Denmark have found that fans of horror flicks, alien invasion movies and post-apocalyptic movies are coping better with the pandemic and experience less anxiety regarding COVID-19. (Study Finds)
Have you tried a weighted blanket? If you have a hard time sleeping, it might be worth a try. Researchers in Sweden found that weighted blankets not only led to better sleep for study participants, but they also had more energy during the day and had reduced levels of depression and stress. Researchers think the reason weighted blankets are so effective is because the pressure acts almost like a massage on your muscles and joints. (Best Life)
We’re heading into another weekend of NFL football and if you’ve ever wondered about the amount of money teams will lose because fans aren’t in the stands, just listen to this. For example, the Dallas Cowboys will lose $621 million in revenue this year, the New England Patriots will lose $315 million and the New York Giants will lose $262 million. For sure. Nobody’s crying in their beer for billionaire owners. But, you can almost surely bet that beer and hot dog prices will go up AGAIN when fans return to the stands in the future…
Have you been making the best of the pandemic at your workplace? Do things seem a bit slow, perhaps even more comfortable? If so, it might not compare to this: Three employees with New York’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority have been suspended without pay after officials discovered a secret, underground storage room in Grand Central Terminal that they had turned into their own man cave.The MTA Inspector General says officials weren’t even aware there was a small room under Track 114 and were shocked to find their cozy little nook which included a fridge, a futon, exercise equipment, a microwave, and a flat-screen TV. The workers have been suspended pending further disciplinary actions. (WNBC-TV)The Mariah Carey autobiography will be this fall’s must-read book.The Meaning of Mariah Carey arrives next week and includes several stories you have never heard before. For example, Mariah writes how she came this-close to being sex trafficked at age 12 by her sister.During a conversation with Oprah Winfrey, she expressed shock at the sister’s cruelty. Oprah read aloud the passage from Mariah’s memoirs. (quote) “When I was 12 years old, my sister drugged me with Valium, offered me a pinky nail full of cocaine, inflicted me with third degree burns and tried to sell me out to a pimp.” (Entertainment Tonight)Mariah said she felt like an outsider from her own family. She hardly knows her siblings. She speculated that her sister “had already been damaged” by the time she was born. In fact, last month, Allison Carey accused their mother of enabling “strangers to abuse [Allison] when she was just 10 and made her watch [children being compromised] and sacrifices during satanic rituals.” (New York Post)Mariah became an international superstar despite the childhood trauma. Her sister turned tricks to pay for a drug addiction even after she became infected with HIV.
NBC says Demi Lovato and Max Ehrich have ended their engagement after only two months. The two began dating earlier this year.
Zack and Danielle take a look at some of this week’s events across the area, including:... [Read Full Story]
Goats of Anarchy is a 30-acre farm animal sanctuary in Hampton, New Jersey, that is home to over 130 animals, including goats, horses, donkeys, cows, alpacas, sheep, pigs, turkeys, geese, ducks and chickens.... [Read Full Story]Another holiday tradition bites the dust. The Times Square New Year’s Eve ball drop will go virtual this year.Organizers say it will be a “virtually enhanced celebration,” but added that there would be a few small, scaled-back live events.Tim Tompkins, president of the Times Square Alliance, says, “One thing that will never change is the ticking of time and the arrival of a New Year at midnight on December 31st. But this year there will be significantly new and enhanced virtual, visual and digital offerings to complement whatever limited live entertainment or experiences — still in development — will take place in Times Square.”CBS News says that “barricades will be set up around Times Square to keep people out, like every other New Year’s Eve, but they won’t be letting anyone in.”Even the dropping of confetti might get nixed.
The cast of the hit 90s movie Father of the Bride will reunite for a “very special event” to benefit World Central Kitchen on Friday. Steve Martin, Diane Keaton and Martin Short will come together at 6 p.m. EST on Netflix’s YouTube and Facebook pages. (NY Post)
Gossip Ireland says Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are ready for a second child. A source tells the website, “Now that they’re comfortable in their new home and everything else in their lives is locked in and going well, Meghan’s told Harry it’s baby time. She’s ready to be a mom again and can’t wait to start the process! Meghan loves being a mom, and seeing how happy and complete Harry is with Archie by his side is richly rewarding for her. Meghan’s confident a second child will be perfectly manageable on a practical level and will bring them even more love and joy. She and Harry are both really excited for the next phase of their family journey.”
The National Enquirer claims Ellen DeGeneres is allegedly declaring war on Hollywood because very few celebrities backed her when she was accused of having a toxic work environment. A source tells the magazine, ”DeGeneres is warning her famous friends to defend her or be prepared for the consequences. She was all alone because nobody wants to be associated with Ellen’s freefalling reputation right now. She won’t be afraid to uncover rocks to reveal the darkest and most embarrassing secrets. DeGeneres will make them pay for their silence.”TODAY IS:National Punctuation Day: A good day to mind your periods, commas, question marks, semi-colons and more.Remember Me Thursday: It’s a day to remember all the pets left in shelters that are waiting to be adopted.Innergize Day: A day to take some time for yourself to relax, re-energize and focus on what makes you feel good.
Be honest … Are you addicted to online shopping, especially Amazon shopping? You’re not alone. A new survey found that 25% of respondents admitted that they are seriously addicted to online shopping. 82% of those surveyed said they like shopping online, because it’s easier to find what they want. And 53% said they get excited when their package arrives. In fact, the online shoppers surveyed said they look forward to their purchases arriving more than they do to their workday ending or video chatting with family and friends. And – no surprise — COVID has increased our online shopping habits. 52% said they’ve had more home deliveries in 2020 than in previous years. (SWNS)
Speaking of online shopping … Seems a lot of us have already started Christmas shopping. Why? We’re bored. A survey found that 50% of Americans have already started online shopping for the holidays, because they’re bored at home. 15% of those surveyed said they actually started their holiday shopping … in August. And no surprise – experts predict 48% of holiday shopping will be done online this year. (SWNS)
CBS says this year’s Times Square New Year’s Eve ball drop is going to be virtual because of the coronavirus. New York City plans to limit the number of people allowed in Times Square due to the virus and social distancing concerns
It appears that being financially well-off isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. A new study has found that having lots of money has some downsides – particularly loneliness and lack of real relationships. Researchers at the University of Buffalo and Harvard Business School say the stress of being successful and constantly striving for more can actually cut you off from the world. It’s not that making money is bad – but when someone ties their self-worth to their financial success, and puts that above all else, they can become isolated.“Feeling that pressure to achieve financial goals means we’re putting ourselves to work at the cost of spending time with loved ones, and it’s that lack of time spent with people close to us that’s associated with feeling lonely and disconnected,” adds Deborah Ward from the University of Buffalo.
WGN says Johnson & Johnson began testing a new coronavirus vaccine yesterday. Over 60,000 people have agreed to get a single dose shot to see if the vaccine works. But, CDC Director Robert Redfield tells Yahoo News that America may not be completely vaccinated until July. “I think that’s going to take us April, May, June, you know, possibly July, to get the entire American public completely vaccinated”Halsey, Selena Gomez and Megan Thee Stallion are among the most important people in the music biz, and now Time magazine says they rank with the most important people in the world — period.The ladies have all been named to Time‘s “100 Most Influential People” list, alongside folks like Donald Trump, Joe Biden, Kamala Harris and Anthony Fauci, Megan even gets the spotlight on one of a half-dozen different covers that appear on different versions of the mag.Actress America Ferrera writes about Selena, saying she “courageously uses her global platform in service of her full identity” and ” rejects the notion that she belong in any one lane as an artist, activist or citizen of the world.”
Recent Kelly Clarkson interviews make it sound like she’s feeling bad about her divorce from hubby Brandon Blackstock, but her latest Kelly-Oke cover shows another side. Kel took to the mic to tear through a sizzling version of Lizzo‘s smash hit “Good as Hell,” which proves you can’t keep a good woman down.
Ed Sheeran turned the negative of Britain’s coronavirus lockdown into a positive for his pocketbook — by snapping up loads of properties on the cheap.According to the Sun, the financially savvy star, who already owned dozens of homes and apartments around the U.K., shelled out about six million dollars to add several new places to his portfolio. As always, Ed paid cash for his purchases, so he won’t have any mortgage payments hanging over his head.Public records show that Ed, who bought up several homes near his rural British estate, now owns more than 30 rental properties in London Alone. The total value? Nearly 100 million bucks.A golden retriever named Enzo Viola with an unusual “black splotch” of fur on his face is helping kids around the world embrace their birthmarks.Three-year-old Enzo has nearly 200,000 followers on Instagram who follow his every move.And Enzo’s family — the Castro family in Texas — have noticed that many of his fans are kids with birthmarks themselves. They see how beautiful and loved Enzo is, and get a little boost of confidence.The Castros never imagined his Instagram following would grow so big, but they’re thrilled that Enzo is making so many people happy and touching kids in such a special way.